Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Kings: Stoll notches 20th goal of the season but L.A. trails, 2-1
By Dan Arritt
After the 1st period:
Phoenix Coyotes 2, Kings 1
The good: Dustin Brown made a world-class move to get past three Phoenix defenders and slide a short centering pass to Jarret Stoll for his 20thgoal of the season and a 1-0 lead. Los Angeles now has six 20-goal scorers (Anze Kopitar, Justin Williams, Dustin Brown, Ryan Smyth, Dustin Penner and Stoll) for the first time since the 1992-93 season (Luc Robitaille, Jari Kurri, Tony Granato, Mike Donnelly, Tomas Sandstrom, Corey Millen).
The bad: The Kings have been terrible when it comes to allowing goals not long after scoring one. That’s what happened with six minutes remaining. The Coyotes used a stiff forecheck to gain possession of the puck in the Los Angeles zone. Taylor Pyatt retrieved it behind the net, slid a pass to Lee Stempniak in the slot and he scored on a one-timer past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. Stempniak has been tough on the Kings this season, scoring seven of his 19 goals against Los Angeles. Stempniak then assisted on the second goal, a rebound that Pyatt slammed into the net, giving him 17 points in 21 career games against the Kings. After allowing four goals on 16 shots and getting lifted in a 6-1 loss to San Jose on Monday, Quick allowed two goals on the first 11 shots against the Coyotes.
The in between: Kings rookie right wing Oscar Moller, who has been asked to cover for Justin Williams while he rehabilitates a dislocated right shoulder, had a team-high three shots on goal in the opening period, but was the only Los Angeles player with more than one. They finished with nine shots on net in the opening period.